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Vax for children aged 5 to 11 requires parental agreement, according to DOH-7 exec.

According to a Department of Health (DOH) official in Central Visayas, children aged 5 to 11 would only receive the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine if their parents consent.

In a Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) briefing, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 head pathologist, said that this policy was reinforced under Department Memorandum No. 2022-0041 issued by the Office of the Health Secretary.

She added that, in addition to the parents, guardians were allowed to accompany the youngsters to the immunization station.

“However, in our meeting with the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS)-Central Visayas Chapter over the weekend, they recommended and endorsed, which is actually very good and which I agree with, that it would be best if the parent would accompany, unless he or she is not a hands-on parent, because he or she is knowledgeable about the child’s vaccines and the adverse events during the child’s vaccination,” Loreche said in a mix of Filipino and English.

Children with comorbidities should be immunized in hospitals where they can be closely monitored in case of adverse effects, according to pediatricians who attended the PPS meeting.

Children with heart disease, diabetes, essential or juvenile hypertension, malignancies such as leukemia, or an autoimmune issue, according to Loreche, require particular care at a medical facility with experts who specialize in their conditions.

“As much as possible, kids should be vaccinated in training facilities,” she said, referring to hospitals with pediatric residency training programs. “That way, we can assure that we have resident doctors and consultants who can follow them.”

The pediatric society’s suggestions, on the other hand, have yet to be transmitted to the local hospitals.

Children with no pre-existing medical conditions, according to Loreche, can get their vaccinations at vaccination centers near hospitals.

Vaccination sites for children under the age of 18 will continue to be staffed by pediatricians who will monitor adverse events, while parents will be trained how to recognize signs and symptoms that may appear after vaccination.

Pfizer (messenger RNA) vaccine with a 10 microgram dose at 0.2 milliliters will be given to children aged 5 to 11.

Children can be vaccinated on the spot, according to the standards, although Loreche recommends pre-registration for speedier administration.

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